The local TV news channel, WPIX, certainly has reached new lows in propagandistic reporting. Last night's news segment on the Great Neck brouhaha being staged by Islamic supremacists and their pasty-faced rabbi shills would be comical if it were The Onion. WPIX's print story is not so bad; the accompanying video above is viciously biased (here).
The broadcast starts off decribing me as the blogger who posted pictures of Muhammad as a pig. No context no explanation, just that. Getting that talking point from Hamas groups (like) and terror TV like RT and Al Jizz. The Muhammad pig cartoon they are referring to is one that an Danish imam added to the infamous Muhammad cartoons printed by the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, in an attempt to gin up anger among Muslims against the Danes. The imam presented the Muhammad-as-pig cartoon as if it were one of the original Danish cartoons, which it wasn't, and now WPIX is presenting it as something I created, which isn't true, either.
The original Atlas post is here. The caption on the Muhammad-as-pig photo is: "Supposed to be Muhammad as half pig, but actually an altered photograph of a guy at a French pig-squealing contest." So they take a photo that I show is not Muhammad at all, and present it as if I was depicting Muhammad as a pig. Unbelievable.
And they depict me saying, "Hitler was inspired by Islam." Taken out of context, it sounds absurd. But I was referring to Hitler's invocation of Armenian Genocide as justification for his genocide. Hitler said: "I have issued the command — and I'll have anybody who utters but one word of criticism executed by a firing squad — that our war aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy. Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formations in readiness — for the present only in the East — with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?"
Rabbi Jerome Davidson says that I spread "hate speech." I would like to see him quote even one statement from me that's hate speech. He can look in 25,000 Atlas posts, two books, and hundreds of articles I have written, and he will find no hate speech. He is bearing false witness, and that is a sin. He also says that I called Muslims animals. I have never called anyone an animal. He may be referring to my ads that said, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad." This isn't, as is commonly claimed, calling all Muslims savages. Do all Muslims support jihad terror attacks against Israeli civilians? I was calling jihadis savage, and they are. Jihad is evil. The rabbi's sanction of jihad by his silence is evil.
Rabbi Davidson "begged" the rabbi at Great Neck Synagogue to stop a Jewish woman from speaking at his shul. Did he beg the imams with whom he schmoozes to reform the antisemitic hadiths that fire up Islamic armies to wage jihad against Israel? Did he beg the Muslims he works with to do something about the Jew-hatred inspired by the Quranic text that calls Jews the worst enemies of the Muslims (5:82)?
The WPIX story invokes the ADL's condemnation of me. The ADL attempts to manipulate the political discourse in this country by smearing as a "hate group" anyone whose political views they dislike. Yet the ADL has condemned Muslim attacks on Jews in language much like my own -- and then turned and attacked me for saying essentially the same thing. Their “hate group” label is just a propaganda tool to demonize and marginalize defenders of freedom.
WPIX uses several clips from this interview at RT, in which I spar with a relentlessly hostile interviewer over the Ground Zero Mosque controversy. WPIX is even worse than RT, in clipping my statements completely out of context so as to make me look as bad as possible.
Also, speaking of making me look as bad as possible, this is not important, but it is noteworthy: take a look at the lighting in this WPIX interview. I look like a zombie -- and yet this was filmed the same hour as the CBS show I posted about here -- one was at 1:30 and the other at 2pm. But in the CBS interview I look like a normal person and in the WPIX interview I look dead, or undead.
GREAT NECK, New York (PIX11) - The head rabbi at the Great Neck Synagogue in Nassau County was defending his decision Tuesday to allow a controversial blogger to speak there this weekend.
The blogger is Pamela Geller–who has spoken out repeatedly against jihad and the code of “sharia” in Islamist governments like Egypt. She told PIX 11, “If one little Jew can’t have a talk at a shul on a Sunday morning, I think it speaks to how bad things are.”
Geller gained prominence several years ago, when she strongly condemned efforts to build a “mega-mosque” near the Ground Zero site in lower Manhattan, close to where more than 2,700 people were killed in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
She told PIX she’s received many e-mail threats from overseas since then, saying “They’re going to execute me, shoot me, or bash my skull on the sidewalk.” Geller told PIX 11 she will be traveling to the Great Neck synagogue with her “usual team of armed guards,” adding “I’m more afraid to stay quiet.”
Some fellow Jews are denouncing Geller’s appearance at the Men’s Club of the orthodox synagogue. Jerome Davidson–Rabbi Emeritus of the Temple Beth-El in Great Neck–said “The synagogue is no place for a hate speech,” adding “She put posters in the subways that compared Muslims to animals.”
Davidson said he “begged” Rabbi Dale Robakoff of the Great Neck Synagogue to cancel Geller ‘s appearance this Sunday. Geller will appear at the temple with Gregory Buckley, Sr. of Oceanside, whose son–Marine Lance Corporal, Gregory Buckley Junior–was shot dead by an Afghani police officer last summer.
PIX 11 spoke to Rabbi Polakoff at the Great Neck Synagogue Tuesday, but he would only agree to read from a statement. It said of Geller, “We believe that it is important to hear what she has to say and we are confident that intelligent and fair minded individuals will consider her views in reaching their own conclusions.”